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crissdee
1215071.  Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:13 pm Reply with quote

Well, there's one in my house right now (my dad) and I would guess that most people of their generation are off-line. I would take a guess that the majority of my mum's Townswomen's Guild members are internet virgins, and indeed the larger part of that age group. For every granny who runs a blog or friends the whist drive regulars on Bookface, I reckon there will be a dozen who couldn't even find the on switch.

 
Dix
1215078.  Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:36 pm Reply with quote

Yup. I'd lay money on at least four of our closest neighbours being totally offline. They may have had someone helping them do something online at the local library but I'm pretty sure that's it.

 
Alfred E Neuman
1215200.  Wed Dec 07, 2016 6:37 pm Reply with quote

In my experience (which may be skewed by living in a community where many younger people are leaving the country) many older people learn to use computers and the Internet in order to email and Skype their grandchildren.

 
tetsabb
1215223.  Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:32 pm Reply with quote

It made me giggle a lot some years ago when a chap told me his mother being terribly pleased about her use of e-mail. She wrote a letter out in the e-mail section of her on-line provider, printed it, and put it in an envelope....

 
14-11-2014
1215229.  Thu Dec 08, 2016 12:43 am Reply with quote

pcworld.com wrote:
Most Windows users have become conditioned over time to never unplug a USB flash drive or hard drive without first clicking Safely Remove Hardware in the System Tray.

Booting Windows again, to safely remove an USB flash drive after a shutdown.

 
crissdee
1215264.  Thu Dec 08, 2016 5:30 am Reply with quote

??????????????

 
AlmondFacialBar
1215331.  Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:18 am Reply with quote

Alfred E Neuman wrote:
In my experience (which may be skewed by living in a community where many younger people are leaving the country) many older people learn to use computers and the Internet in order to email and Skype their grandchildren.


Same here. By and large the Irish don't emigrate for life anymore, but a lot of young professionals leave the country for a couple of years before settling down, and of course there are throngs of EU nationals, West Africans and Chinese people here, so the Irish Internet is choc a bloc with grannies Skyping and grandchildren being Skyped.

Regarding the nine million, does that or doesn't that count people in who only use the Internet by proxy? Case in point, my mom has Internet access of her own, but doesn't really use it because she finds it far more convenient to let my dad take care of her online needs instead (nothing to do with technology not being for women or shite like that, she just can't be bothered whereas my dad actively enjoys it). She tells him what she needs done - flights booked, mails checked, whatever - and he does it. So that that make her an Internet user or not?

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
DVD Smith
1226606.  Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:10 am Reply with quote

Not strictly "online", but an interesting computer-based fact I found today: the map of time zones from Windows 95 was removed to avoid causing a geopolitical crisis.

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/oldnewthing/20030822-00/?p=42823

 
charliemic
1245929.  Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:11 pm Reply with quote

It is people who aren't aware they're using the internet? I suspect some older people can't connect the concept of a local email client application with the internet.

It's incredible how many people believe that Windows Internet Explorer is in fact the entire internet.


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crissdee
1245940.  Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:23 pm Reply with quote

My mum has used the internet, and is well aware of it, but that second sentence might as well have been in Mandarin for all the sense it would make to her. And me for that matter. And I spent years fixing computer-based ticket machines.

 
charliemic
1245941.  Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:33 pm Reply with quote

What did the ticket machines run on? Most of the FSE100 companies are miles behind Windows.

The mainframe from the matrix is based on actual mainframes, which use COBAL, a very old language.

 
suze
1245950.  Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:18 pm Reply with quote

I can't speak for crissdee's former employer, but the ticket machines made by its main rival Scheidt and Bachmann run Windows XP.

I know this because I have once or twice seen a Windows XP error message on the screen of a machine that wasn't working!

 
crissdee
1245955.  Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:44 pm Reply with quote

Yes, they ran/still run (afaik) on XP. There was talk before I left of updating to W10, but with 2,000 machines on the fleet, the task would have been slightly Herculean. As the company now seems to heading for the u-bend with depressing alacrity, I imagine the upgrade will not be happening. And even at their best, my former employers would have struggled to reach the FTSE 496,782!

 
Alfred E Neuman
1245960.  Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:16 pm Reply with quote

charliemic wrote:
The mainframe from the matrix is based on actual mainframes, which use COBAL, a very old language.


Would that be similar to COBOL then?

 
charliemic
1245985.  Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:02 am Reply with quote

Quote:
Would that be similar to COBOL then?


Ouch! My mistake. I also seem to have invented the FSE100. Note to self: no more use of a mobile device & double check everything.

 

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